I just bought an old house and am having the exterior painted. To prep they power-washed and in the process the old paint was strewn all over my yard. Some of it was raked up, but there are chips of dry paint everywhere, including where I want to put my vegetable garden and perennial beds. I am assuming that the old paint is full of lead and not a good medium for growing food. My grass is thick and there are little bits of paint down by the roots. In areas without grass is looks awful – powdered paint coating the surface of the soil. Should I strip off the paint-infused topsoil? What should I do? I’m feeling overwhelmed by the problem.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.